(May 14) - The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have signed 6’3", 225-pound left wing Ben Eager to a new two-year contract, according to General Manager Paul Holmgren.
"Ben is another one of our younger players that continued to develop last season,"said Holmgren in making the announcement. "He is a big, physical presence on the ice and adds a key dimension to our lineup. We expect Ben to be an important part of our core of young players that we’re going to continue to build upon."
"I’m really excited,"said Eager. "The team is looking ahead and I’m happy to be a part of things, especially with the core group that we have here. There’s going to be a lot of excitement over these next few years and I’m happy that I’ll get to be a part of it."
Eager, 23, recorded six goals and five assists for 11 points and 233 penalty minutes in 63 regular season games for the Flyers this past season. His 233 penalty minutes led the NHL. He was also scoreless with 21 penalty minutes in three games for the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms, this past season. He was voted the 2006-07 winner of the Pelle Lindbergh Trophy as the Flyers’ most improved player as voted by his teammates.
A native of Ottawa, Ontario, Eager has registered nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points and 251 penalty minutes in 88 regular season games for the Flyers over the last two seasons.
Eager was acquired by the Flyers, along with Sean Burke and Branko Radivojevic, from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for Mike Comrie on February 9, 2004. He was originally drafted by Phoenix in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.